Regulations won’t advance U.S. recovery

Freedom New Mexico Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke, in a speech to the American Economic Association on Sunday, has acted as you might expect a custodian of the institution he heads to act — defensively. He downplayed the role the Fed’s loose monetary policy from late 2001 through much of 2005 played in creating […]

Officials expect 1-3 inches of snow this afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow in Curry County. Officials said snow will develop this morning and continue throughout the afternoon. One to 3 inches of snow is expected, mainly over the southern portion of Curry County, NWS reported. Officials urged travelers to expect snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

Business feature: Local economies stable during recession

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico While economists are declaring the recession nearly over, two Portales business people said the town seems somewhat insulated from the national economic peaks and dips. More than 80 percent of economists believe the recession is over and an expansion has begun, but they expect the recovery will be slow […]

Retailers expect big crowds for tax-free holiday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico San Skinner and his family have gotten used to the routine of business in the 85 years since his grandfather opened the doors of Skinner’s Western Wear in Portales. The New Mexico tax-free holiday, which will be held statewide Friday through Sunday, has become one more routine. The tax-free […]

Road work to begin on U.S. 60

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Transportation started crack sealing work on U.S. 60 between Fort Sumner and Clovis, according to a department press release. The $1.8 million project is expected to last three to four weeks. Motorists can expect a one-lane closure and short delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and […]

Pain at the pump

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Don’t expect the price of gasoline to go down anytime soon. In fact, gasoline prices are going to continue to rise, according to travel and oil industry officials. Richard Horn, who was filling his car up Wednesday night at the C&S Valero station in Portales, and said he’d noticed […]

ENMU volleyball and cross country starting fresh

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers Kim Falkenhagen wasn’t all that surprised her team was picked 13th out of 13 in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason volleyball poll. After all, she’s a new coach with a lot of new players on the squad. “I didn’t expect anything more than that,” said Falkenhagen, hired in February to […]

Police investigating child’s death

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old Portales boy. Emergency personnel found him unresponsive and not breathing about 10 a.m. Thursday in a bedroom of his home at 727 N. Ave. M. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said there was no apparent medical history to explain the […]

Stress can be a blessing in disguise

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Too blessed to be stressed. That’s a saying I’ve been seeing a lot lately. But I like it better the other way around: “Blessed to be stressed.” Why? Because as I heard a radio commentator say, we’re blessed to be stressed because that means God has entrusted us with […]

Students prepare for classes at open house

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Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer Portales schools Superintendent Randy Fowler has set expectations for teachers in his district: “I expect the teachers to be dedicated to the profession that they chose and be proud of it,” Fowler said. Portales students return to school today. Fowler, who said he’s had a chance to visit with most […]